Updated:CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. —
A local highway is back open after a fatal motorcycle crash closed the road for several hours tonight.
The crash happened on Highway 85 at Webb Road in Clayton County.
Police told Channel 2’s Ashley Swann the motorcyclist was speeding when he ran into a sedan, costing him his life.
For about four hours, police shut the highway down as they investigated the fatal crash. Investigators said the motorcyclist was speeding northbound when he came upon the car stopped at a red light. He tried, but failed to stop -- hitting the sedan from behind.
"Unfortunately the driver of the motorcycle was killed,” said Clayton County Sgt. Kevin Hughes.
The people inside the sedan were not injured and Hughes said that driver was not at fault. Police believe the motorcyclist rode with a group, but was alone at the time of the crash.
Hughes urges all riders who frequent the area to slow down.
“Someone just lost a loved one to a tragic accident,” Hughes said. “The posted speed limit is there for a reason. It'd be nice for everyone to adhere to the posted speed limit so that we can save lives."
The highway leads right to Interstate 75, so drivers were re-routed around the crash scene for those four hours until the road was reopened.